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A Novel Approach to Learning Automotive History

Are you interested in automotive history? A columnist in Hemmings Classic Car magazine recently claimed it’s an essential part of the car hobby. You probably agree, but reading history books may not be your thing.

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Barney Olsen, Joseph Cabadas
American Auto Factory (Automotive History and Personalities)
Motorbooks, Hardcover, 2002-11-14

Concentrating on the 1920s to 1950s, large photographs of the assembly lines in action send readers into nostalgic old factories. See the workers, the tools, the methods and the machines that combined their efforts with the ingenuity of industry players like Henry Ford, Ransom Olds. Walter Chrysler, and others to make possible the automobile’s worldwide proliferation and availability. Flash back in time to witness the factories decade by decade in never-before-published vintage photographs. Featured automakers include Ford, GM and Chrysler, along with smaller companies like Packard, Studebaker, and Auburn.

James M. Rubenstein
Making and Selling Cars: Innovation and Change in the U.S. Automotive Industry
The Johns Hopkins University Press, Paperback, 2008-05-02

From the creation of fast food, to the design of cities, to the character of our landscape, the automobile has shaped nearly every aspect of modern American life. In fact, the U.S. motor vehicle industry is the largest manufacturing industry in the world.

James Rubenstein documents the story of the automotive industry... which despite its power, is an industry constantly struggling to redefine itself and assure its success. Making and Selling Cars: Innovation and Change in the U.S. Automotive Industry shows how this industry made adjustments and fostered innovations in both production and marketing in order to remain a viable force throughout the twentieth-century.

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